What is stress?
Stress is an inevitable part of life - we can't avoid it. Indeed a certain amount of stress is beneficial to our lives, as it can give us an adrenalin buzz/drive us forward to achieve goals. But for many of us stress can become overwhelming - we feel our lives are spinning out of control; we feel powerless; our anxiety becomes habitual and we feel depressed , stressed and angry. Stress can have a negative impact on our relationships.People who have autism spectrum disorder or Asperger's find social interaction stressful.
How can stress counselling help?Counselling can help you manage your stress by
- facing your fears
- identifying stress triggers
- challenging your negative thought patterns/beliefs about yourself and others. In this way counselling can change the neural pathways in your brain.
- helping you to accept what you can control (eg your response to a stressful event/choosing foods which boost your serotonin, dopamine levels) and what you can't control (eg the behaviour of others)
- learning to self soothe and nurture your vulnerable feelings
- identifying self harming, addictive behaviour as an attempt to avoid stressful feelings
- accepting that we all feel stress/vulnerable
- learning mindfulness/meditation/grounding techniques
Listen to BBC Radio 4's programme- All in the Mind - about stress and mental health.
Listen to the Today programme about stress in the work place.